London - Davis Cup hero Andy Murray and
newly crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury have been named on the
shortlist for the BBC's 2015 Sports Personality of the Year award.
Murray led Great Britain to their first
Davis Cup title since 1936 over the weekend, while English underdog Fury
recorded a stunning victory to end Wladimir Klitschko's reign as world champion
in Dusseldorf on Saturday.
While Murray's success in the team tennis
and Fury's triumph in the ring earned them late entries onto the shortlist, the
favourite according to William Hill bookmakers is Jessica Ennis-Hill, who was
crowned world heptathlon champion in August, 13 months after giving birth.
There are two other contenders who enjoyed
track and field success at the World Championships in Beijing.
One is Mo Farah, who secured a unique
'treble double' in distance running having won golds in both 5 000 metres and
10 000m at two World Championships and the Olympics.
The other is Greg Rutherford, the long-jump
world champion who became only the fifth British athlete to hold Olympic,
Commonwealth, European and world titles at the same time.
Last year's winner of the BBC award, Lewis
Hamilton, is also shortlisted again after successfully defending his Formula
One world champion title, his third drivers' championship in all.
Tour de France winner Chris Froome is
nominated, as is fellow cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, who won the UCI World Road
Lucy Bronze, the defender who helped
England's women's football team to third place in the World Cup and was
shortlisted for the player of the tournament, is also nominated.
Kevin Sinfield, who retired from rugby
league after an extraordinary career, including winning the Challenge Cup,
League Leaders' Shield and the Super League title in his final season, before
switching codes to union is also included.
The final contenders are Adam Peaty, who
became the first British swimmer to win three gold medals at a single World
Championships, and Max Whitlock, who ended Britain's 112-year wait for a men's
gold medallist at the World Gymnastics Championships.
The winner will be decided by a public vote
and announced at a live event from Belfast on December 20.